Kyrie Irving on difference between Nets and Mavs: 'I feel wanted'


DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Kyrie Irving is obviously one of the most out-spoken players in the modern day NBA, never afraid to speak his mind whether it be positive, negative, or controversial.

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On Tuesday, he did it again, telling the media about his his feelings on both joining the Mavs and leaving the Nets.

And by the sounds of things, his time in Brooklyn was less than an ideal fit for him on a personal level.

"I want to be in a place where i'm celebrated, and not a place where I'm just tolterated or dealt with in a way that doesn't make me feel respected," Irving said on Tuesday. "There were times throughout this process when I was in Brooklyn where i felt very disrespected."

On the flip side, Irving described his feelings of becoming a maverick in a very different light.

“I really feel wanted,” Irving said. “I know they had to give up some pieces for me, and I don’t take that for granted…I’ve been here for about 48 hours, and it’s been nothing but a warm embrace.”

The Mavs welcomed Irving to his first practice with the team on Tuesday in Los Angeles ahead of the team's matchup with the Clippers on Wedensday night - potentially when he could make his debut for the team.

Irving and the Mavs will tip off at 9pm central time on ESPN and Bally Sports.

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